Skin Cancer Overview
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. They are named for the type of cells that become cancerous.
There are three major types of skin cancers under, two primary categories of skin cancer:
1. Nonmelanoma skin cancers
- Basal cell carcinoma (BCC)
- Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)
2. Melanoma - the most dangerous type of skin cancer.
If skin cancer spreads from its original place to another part of the body, the new growth has the same kind of abnormal cells and the same name as the primary growth. It is still called skin cancer. Below you will find information about skin cancer risk factors, signs and symptoms, staging, and treatment options as you prepare for your first appointment.
We understand that a new diagnosis of non-melanoma skin cancer or melanoma can be scary. Often diagnosed by a dermatologist, you may want to seek a second opinion from a skin cancer specialist. We are always available to give a second opinion and describe our recommended treatment options.
If you find any new marks, moles, or spots on your skin, it is always best to see a skin cancer specialist, who can provide an exam and provide a biopsy, if needed. The sooner a skin cancer can be diagnosed as non-melanoma or melanoma, the better your chance of a positive treatment outcome.
There is no way to completely prevent skin cancer. Some skin cancers are caused by factors that you can control - like overexposure to UV light including the sun and artificial UV light from tanning beds, but other are not. Find out what you can do to avoid skin cancers from developing.
Knowing what type and stage of your skin cancer is important because it will affect your treatment options. There are three major types of skin cancers, grouped into two categories:
Non Melanoma Skin Cancers
- Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)
Melanoma - The most dangerous type of skin cancer.
Your skin cancer specialist at Compass Oncology will work together with you to develop a skin cancer treatment plan that’s best for you based on your type and stage of cancer and your general overall health. Your treatment options may include:
- Radiation Therapy
- Chemotherapy - Topical or IV
- Photodynamic Therapy
- Immunotherapy for Melanoma
- Targeted Therapy for Melanoma
From support groups to oncology nutrition services, genetic counseling to financial counseling with our Patient Benefit Representatives, the cancer specialists at Compass Oncology are here for you every step of the way. We encourage you to learn more and take advantage of our supportive care services.
From Our Blog: Additional Skin Cancer Education
Visit the National Cancer Institute where this information and more can be found about Skin Cancer or ask your cancer care team questions about your individual situation.